A 4000 word, written critical analysis of case scenario identified in practice, exploring the biopsychosocial determinants of ill health and a critical appraisal of actual or proposed biopsychosocial interventions within the context of contemporary clinical care.
This module aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge base to identify, and effectively manage complex mental health conditions across the lifespan incorporating biological, psychosocial, and cultural determinants of health.
By the end of this module students will be able to:
Indicative Module Content
The module will explore complex mental health conditions from various perspectives, whilst critically appraising these viewpoints both independently and interdependently. The module will offer students the ability to view complex mental health conditions with regards to clinical presentations and pathoplastic influences. Students will have an opportunity to identify and explore the features of complex mental health disorders across the lifespan and will develop an appreciation of the biological, psychosocial and cultural factors influencing health, wellbeing, and illness. They will consider experiences and difficulties that might preclude the person from seeking and receiving health care such as stigma and discrimination- including the subtleties and latent bias. They will examine and reflect on the process of evidence-based decision making in collaboration with service users, families, carers and other professionals. They will examine the formulation and appraise the evidence base, including the limitations, of the biopsychosocial treatment modalities available.
Module learning outcomes:
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of differing theories of development that contribute, or prevent, mental health conditions; and be able to critically appraise the transition points across the lifespan for potential or actual vulnerability, crisis, or mental illness.
Identify and critically examine the key principles related to aetiology, pathogenesis, and clinical management of serious mental illnesses whilst acknowledging influencing and inhibiting factors for biopsychosocial interventions, in addition to the limitations of therapeutic interventions.
Deconstruct and analyse biopsychosocial influences and how these can predispose or perpetuate complex mental health conditions whilst acknowledging that such factors are malleable across the lifespan.
Critically analyse contemporary research and clinical guidelines to promote health and wellbeing when working with service users, carers and families- with focus upon decision making to promote health and the further prevention of illness.
Demonstrate achievement of the proficiencies and nursing procedures as identified in Part 3 of the Pan London PAD